E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Eutrema salsugineum (Pallas) Al-Shehbaz & Warwick
saltwater cress
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual or biennial herb from a slender taproot; stems single, 5-20 cm tall, simple or usually branched, glabrous throughout.
Basal leaves few, egg-shaped, 5-25 mm long, entire or with 1-2 wide teeth, stalked; stem leaves many, oblong to egg-shaped, 5-20 mm long, 3-10 mm wide, obtuse, entire, clasping with ear-like lobes at the base.
Inflorescences dense, few-flowered, elongating in fruit; flower stalks ascending, 3-7 mm long, slender, straight; petals white, 2-3.5 mm long, egg-shaped to spoon-shaped; sepals yellowish to purplish, papery-margined, 1.5-2 mm long, erect, without pouches.
Siliques, ascending, 1-2 cm long, about 0.8 mm wide, straight or slightly curved, almost round in cross section; beaks 0.1-0.2 mm long; seeds in 1 row, plump, oblong, about 0.6 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry saline lakes and meadows in the montane zone; rare in SE BC; amphiberingian, N to YT and NT, E to MB and S to CO; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Arabidopsis salsuginea (Pallas) N. Busch
Hesperis salsuginea (Pallas) Kuntze
Pilosella glauca (Nuttall) Rydberg
Sisymbrium salsugineum Pallas
Stenophragma salsugineum (Pallas) Prantl
Thellungiella salsuginea (Pall.) O.E. Schulz
Thelypodium salsugineum (Pallas) B. L. Robinson

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